Thursday, April 30, 2009


With line, color, form and God known
The unbidden force of spirit shown

Presence, space, held near, far, vast
Paint and motion upon the paper cast

Calls, whispers heard in colors bright, bold, tender, pal
Brody’s message beyond all, spirit shall prevail.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Brody, Rose Marie Raccioppi. THE WIND AND THE WILLOW, Publish America, 2008.

Art Through the Eyes of Brody Morales
Ojitos Triste 2009, 15 x 39 Canvas Acrylic, Brody Morales,

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Presence

Budding green of the old oak tree

White blossoms upon weathered dogwood branches

Sweet song of chirping birds

The touch of warm winds

The light of the risen sun

The Presence

These gifts of grace

Upon this day known.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

The Presence, Photograph, Collectible Clicks©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2009

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


A prisoner within my soul
Menacing manacles mounting toll
Silent surrender smothering suppression
Held and shackled stilled expression
Time recaptured past visions present be
Now known as what I have brought upon me
Shed the hurt and many a tear
So gone the constraint, so gone the fear
Touched by TRUTH and GOD’S knowing care
Self freed of delusion this dark despair
Mindscapes of lifetimes here and past
Revelations known and BEING ever last.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Mindscapes, Rose Marie Raccioppi, THE WIND AND THE WILLOW, Publish America, 2008.

Contemplation, Thomas Benjamin Kennington, English, 1856-1916.

Monday, April 27, 2009


Can I step outside
this window of perception
Are limitations real
or am I beset by illusion
Are these assumptions of reality
the shackles that need be broken
Can this mind know itself
beyond its defined experience
The very question sets
the horizon of possibility.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Possibility, Rose Marie Raccioppi, THE WIND AND THE WILLOW, Publish America, 2008.

Slave (Rebelling) c. 1513, Marble, height 229 cm, Musée du Louvre, Paris, Michelangelo Buonarroti, (b. 1475, Caprese, d. 1564, Roma).

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Words Like Roses

Words like roses




a lingering sentiment

that touches our heart

awakens our sensibilities

and in silence

our soul sublime.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

The Soul of the Rose, 1908, John William Waterhouse, 1849 – 1917.

A Word Sharing Vendor

What of your dreams is yet present in heart

From what desire, vision, shall my word have its start
Here I am at your command and desire
Bearing a poet’s word in life’s full attire
Memories, reflections, revelations, some sad all sweet
Where time and eternity are ever to meet
I a poet, a word sharing vendor
Of life, in all its quest, all its splendor.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Saturday, April 25, 2009

In Words

Words brought to this mind
What is perceived as harsh or kind
Be it thought of time present or past
In words its memory shall be cast
When a feeling bears no define
The description be ever sublime
When a knowing in silence heard
Spoken be the divine WORD.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

The Day Dream, 1880, .
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1828-1882.

Friday, April 24, 2009

From Days Past

Reflections, aspirations, expressions and desire
Words speak of life, passion, flame and fire
A gift of life now ever to be known
By the words of heart you have shown
And others may now be freed to reveal
What in their hearts they yet conceal
Many a story there is to be told
From days past a page to unfold.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Woman Reading a Book, 1845, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, French, 1796-1875.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Bamboo's Vow

In joyous abandon the silence to greet
The chorus of sound as leaf and wind meet
This season’s winsome array now is heard
The sonorous sway of bamboo, the call of the songbird
Lithe and lush dwellers of my garden green
Holding to the sun’s light dancing shadows seen
Leaves and canes in supple surrender bow
Beauty, strength, gentleness be the bamboo’s vow.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Bamboo in my garden, Photograph, ©Collectible Clicks, Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2008.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Ashes, ashes, we all fall down

I remember once upon a time

There was delight in each nursery rhyme
No thought was given to what I did say
It was just a part of frolic and play
And then the facts and figures and reason came
It was no longer quite the same
Jack and Jill still went up the hill
But Jill was not to tumble still
And should not Humpty Dumpty know his call
And not sit on that wall at all
When will Little Miss Muffet learn to stay
Even if a spider came her way
Ashes, ashes, we all fall down
Ashes, ashes, we all fall down.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Ashes, ashes we all fall down, Rose Marie Raccioppi, THE WIND AND THE WILLOW, 2008, Publish America.

Mrs. Duffee Seated on a Striped Sofa, Reading, 1876, Mary Cassatt, American, 1844–1926, Oil on panel,The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Divine Frenzy

Divine frenzy spirit winds a flame
Willowy and wild waves of elation
Moments imbued by the Creator's hand
The cloak of mortal clothing shed
Flaring fiber of soul newly woven into self
To BE is known
And psalms of praise laud.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Astronomy Picture of the Day, Lagoon Nebula, Credit & Copyright: Fred Vanderhaven

Divine Frenzy, Rose Marie Raccioppi, THE WIND AND THE WILLOW, 2008, Publish America.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Veiled in Gray

A Monday Morning veiled in gray
Though vibrant is the day
Clouds mask the light
Though all luminous and bright.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

When the Sky is Gray, Rose Marie Raccioppi, Watercolor, 2001,

Sunday, April 19, 2009

In Celebration of National Poetry Month

In Celebration of National Poetry Month

the public is invited

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Time: 3:00 PM
Tappan Library
93 Main Street
Tappan, NY 10983

Rose Marie Raccioppi

will be presenting
an exhibit of her watercolors
a poetry reading and book signing of her collection of poems


Rose Marie Raccioppi is an exhibiting artist, acclaimed published poet, and an award winning and honored master educator, child advocate, and activist.

Phone: 845-359-3877
For more information please ask for Jill Gross: e-mail

This April Day

A gaze upward
To the lucent afternoon sky
A backdrop of sound
Baby cooing
Child's laughter
Seasoned voices speaking
Call of mother to child
Low squeaking of the swinging swing
Dull thumb of a bouncing basketball
Cascade of water upon pebble and rock
Distant chirping of songbirds
Sweetly sounding wind chimes
Telephone ring of the caller
All within the silent voices of nature
Beckoning buds and bloom new.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Spring Tree No. II, Georgia O'Keeffe, American, 1887-1986, oil on canvas, 1945.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Ever New

I look to the sky this night
Shades of magenta and blue
Reflections cast from the moon
From stars of distant light
The soft new feel of Spring
A lullaby silent
The scent of young bloom
The gentle caress of day's end
This night's embrace holds
To the awakening
Of the day ever new.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

The Night, Rose Marie Raccioppi, Watercolor, 2002,

Friday, April 17, 2009

Day’s End Impending

The sun yet brilliant in the west sky

Cooler now is the late afternoon air
Filled with the spent joy of this day
The grass fully shadowed
Blooms glisten in the setting light
A pause as I hold to this moment
Day's end impending
Suspended upon the horizon
Beauty timeless
Memory eternal.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Day's End Impending, Rose Marie Raccioppi, THE WIND AND THE WILLOW, Publish America, 2008.

Ophelia, 1889, John William Waterhouse, 1849—1917, English.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

A Cloak A Robe

A cloak a robe within its wraps I be
And from the mirror’s reflection hidden is the scarred me
A cloak a robe upon my shoulders rest
It hides not the hurt deep within my breast
A cloak a robe now a swaddling divine
When held separate from the scars deep within my mind
A cloak a robe within its soft folds I feel
Life and beauty beyond the scar concealed.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

La Pia de' Tolomei, 1868-1880, Oil on canvas, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1828-1882, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Sleep Dear Child

Sleep dear child, this joyous day
Sleep this night, with stars above
Know the light, of God's love
Sleep dear child, you'll find the way
Sleep this night, the day is done
When you wake, you'll greet the sun
Wondrous night, this sky of blue
Brilliant stars, shining new
Rising sun, then night shall be
A new day for our hearts' glee
Gone this day, and come the dawn
You will find, a bright new morn.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Sleep Dear Child, Rose Marie Raccioppi, THE WIND AND THE WILLOW, Publish America, 2008.

Song of the Angels, William Adolph Bouguereau, 1825-1905, French, 1881.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Oh Wind, Wind, Wind

Oh wind, wind, wind
It speaks not a word
Yet its call is known
It is not to be seen
Yet its presence is felt
It is from distance afar
Yet its touch is near
It is ever so free
Yet in bondage to sail and mill
Oh wind, wind, wind
What mysteries you reveal.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Oh Wind, Wind, Wind, Rose Marie Raccioppi, THE WIND AND THE WILLOW, Publish America, 2008.

Claude Monet, French Impressionist, 1840 - 1926, A Windmill Near Zaandam Netherlands, 1871.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Doubting Thomas

John 20:29

20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the LORD.

21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the LORD. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.

27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God.

29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, 1573 – 1610, Italian, Doubting Thomas, oil on canvas, 1602-1603, Sanssouci, Potsdam

Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Resurrection

The Blessings of Easter to All

Praise be the Lord

Carl Heinrich Bloch, 1834-1890, Danish, The Resurrection, 1873. Museum of National History on Frederiksborg Castle. Courtesy of the Hope Gallery.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Three Marys

The Three Marys

William Bouguereau,
(1825-1905), The Three Marys at the Tomb, 1876.

Friday, April 10, 2009



William Bouguereau, (1825-1905), Pieta, 1876.

The Last Supper

1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (King James Version)

23For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:

24And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

25After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

26For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) - The Last Supper (1495-1498)

Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan, Italy

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Distinction Defied

Am I seen by my pain
Am I seen by my joy
Am I known by what I do
Am I known by what I feel
What am I to the beholder
Perceived by what lens
Colored by what filter
Known by what light
Image - Illusion
Illusion - Image
Distinction defied
Being Is and I Am
This moment of eternity
And transient is each judgment.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Distinction Defied, Rose Marie Raccioppi, THE WIND AND THE WILLOW, Publish America, 2008.

Girl at Mirror, Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), 1954, The Saturday Evening Post, March 6, 1954 (cover) Oil on canvas, The Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge (Massachusetts).

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Wind and The Willow

The Wind
all pervading
one with all direction
The Willow
rooted ever in search
branch and leaf so humbly bend
holding to the wind
the light
and the unseen Presence
Wind and Willow, so I am
thought, mind and spirit
all pervading
one with all direction
holding to the unseen Presence.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

THE WIND AND THE WILLOW, Rose Marie Raccioppi, Publish America, 2008.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Charm Carver

The Charm Carver of which Madeline tells
I heed his words so very well
Of time and people he does speak
Of dreams and hopes they do seek
He looks deep within each heart
And from there his charm has its start
The magic and mystery of each one's way
A charm he carves to convey
A heart to open, a soul to heal
Love be known and newly real
The Charm Carver's word I to hold
Within 'tis my very story told
A charm he carves and makes it mine
And known is the glory of the sublime.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

"And in the days that followed he filled me with the wonder of his world, and answered questions that rose in me like steam from a simmering pot. And when he had carved his last and rowed back out to sea, my eyes saw then a different world and my soul became filled with new beginnings."

"Gazing In" from The Charm Carver, David Shuch
, Integrative Arts Press, 2005.

The Bench by the Sea, Eyre Crowe, English, 1824-1910, Oil, Exhibited: Royal Academy, 1872.

Monday, April 6, 2009


Solitude, this quiet of God's grace
These echoes of thought
The resounding stillness of soul
The gathering of time
The heart now known
Within this silence, the Word
Within this darkness, the vision
Within this chamber of God I dwell.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Solitude, THE WIND AND THE WILLOW, Rose Marie Raccioppi, Publish America, 2008

Solitude, Lord Frederic Leighton, English, 1830-1896, Oil on canvas, c. 1890, Maryhill Museum of Art Washington, USA

Sunday, April 5, 2009

A Tribute to the Amasi Trio

Heed Wise The Muse

Heed wise the Muse, your counsel of soul
God’s blessings to mark your goal
Another’s time and glory
And now ‘tis my story
Others have walked in the sun
My time has now just begun
Words of knowing within my heart
From this joy I shall newly start
Another’s creation in celebration
And I God’s eternal revelation
The plea from grace now known
I in gratitude for creation shown
The sculptor’s hand
In God’s command
Line and form to reveal
God’s beauty constant and real
Spectrum of color from a palette divine
Immortal the quest this moment be mine
The artist’s unveiling, the poet’s word
And the music, the music, to be ever heard
Heed wise the Muse, your counsel of soul
God’s blessings to mark your goal.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Poet Laureate

A Tribute to the Amasi Trio
Nyack College Trio in Residence

Sungrai Sohn, violin
Chungsun Kim, cello
Tammy Lum, piano

For an Outstanding Performance of

Felix Mendelssohn
Paul Liljestrand
Sergei Rachmaninoff
Astor Piazzolla

April 4, 2009

Soiree Society of the Arts
South Nyack Recital Series
Carnegie Room

Self-Portrait Hesitating Between Painting and Music, Angelica Kauffman, (1741-1807), 1791.

Pebbles by the Sea

Shapes of pebbles so random be
Of earth, brook, lake, river and sea
Seen and felt with hand and heart
Query posed from where you did start
Was it a mountain high and vast
From which you were newly cast
Pebbles now I to hold
And held are stories yet to be told.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Greek Girls Picking up Pebbles by the Sea, Lord Frederic Leighton, English, 1830-1896, Oil on canvas, 1871.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

His Love His Need

Barren of purpose and plan
And in anguish the heart of man
Suppress not life and a loving soul
Lest you banish man from his destined goal
Know what you choose to say and do
May with a child hold back a vision new
The child knows and so deeply does care
Hurt shall he feel from that angry stare
Hold not in suppressive submission confined
Leave not shadows and scars upon spirit and mind
With loving respect and a kindly creed
Honor his love his need.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

His Love His Need, THE WIND AND THE WILLOW, Rose Marie Raccioppi, Publish America, 2008.

George Ericson, a.k.a. Eugene Iverd (1893-1936), Young Scientist, 1932, oil on canvas, Collection: Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA

Friday, April 3, 2009

The Song of the Lark

The winsome song of the ascending lark
Hails the gentle soul and loving heart
Ever heard in silence sweet
Soul and heart in grace do meet.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

The Song of the Lark, Jules Adolphe Breton, French, 1827-1906, oil on canvas, 1884, The Art Institue of Chicago, Henry Field Memorial Collection.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Teach the WAY

Teach the WAY of the page
And known be the WORD.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Sacra Famiglia con san Giovannino, Bartolomeo Schedoni (1578-1615), ca 1610, Oil on wood
33.8 x 28.2 cm., Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Poet’s Pulse

The cadent throbbing silent and heard
The pulsing hidden and seen
Emotions held and free
The panting of the poet’s palette
Words of color, hue, mood and timbre
Sonorous images of light
Orchestrated upon the page
So tolls the poet’s pulse.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Calliope, Muse of Poetry, Roman, 2nd Century A.D., Hadrianic period